Mock murder scene challenges Ohio State anthropology, forensics students


Several weeks ago, Ohio State anthropologist Adam Kolatorowicz dug some shallow graves and buried four bodies at the university’s Waterman Farm.

Granted, they were plastic bodies, but they form part of a four-week forensic anthropology field school that 19 students are taking to understand how crime scenes are investigated.

Burying the bodies weeks ago allowed the grass to grow, obscuring the graves. People operating ground-penetrating radar and dogs trained to find cadavers were brought to the site to locate the bodies.

Kolatorowicz also arranges for the students to see an autopsy at the Franklin County Morgue. Meetings with law enforcement officers and court officials are designed to show students a murder investigation from start to finish.

Taking the course helped Corey Pollock, a senior majoring in anthropology, determine her career path.

“I don’t mind getting dirty,” Pollock said while she mapped out a body’s location.

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